The New Inquiry

The New Inquiry is an online magazine of cultural and literary criticism, established by Mary Borkowski, Jennifer Bernstein and Rachel Rosenfelt in 2009 and administered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organisation.[1] The magazine's website updates daily, and every few weeks a new edition of the magazine is published as a PDF.[2]

The New Inquiry
Original New Inquiry cover.jpg
First issue's cover
Editor-in-ChiefAva Kofman
CategoriesPolitics, social issues, culture
Year founded2009
CompanyThe New Inquiry, Inc.
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City

Bail BlocEdit

In 2017, The New Inquiry launched Bail Bloc, a Monero cryptocurrency mining application that raises funds to pay bail for those otherwise unable to afford it, with the money dispersed through The Bronx Freedom Fund.[3][4]


Alex Williams of The New York Times called the organization "an Intellectuals Anonymous of sorts for desperate members of the city’s literary underclass barred from the publishing establishment".[5] Sasha Frere-Jones in The New Yorker called it "one of the rare publications that has succeeded in becoming an intellectual journal that can draw people in, that poses large theoretical questions without sliding back into the iron mountain of academia".[2] Matthew Yglesias of Vox called it "the most literal descendent of the small magazines of yore, but the seminar room is now drastically more diverse."[6]


  1. ^ Los Angeles Review of Books, 2012 Archived 6 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine
    - Hermione Hoby (January 6, 2013). "New York literary magazines – start spreading the news". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "What We're Reading: Summer Edition, Volume II". The New Yorker. July 5, 2013.
  3. ^ Lennard, Natasha (November 21, 2017). "Do Nothing and Help Dismantle Our Broken Criminal-Justice System". The Nation. Retrieved January 1, 2022.
  4. ^ Dilawar, Arvind (January 23, 2018). "You can download an easy blockchain app to help poor people make bail". Quartz. Retrieved January 1, 2022.
  5. ^ Williams, Alex (November 30, 2011). "The Literary Cubs". The New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
  6. ^ Yglesias, Matthew (December 9, 2014). "5 new magazines with small circulations and big ideas". Vox. Retrieved March 14, 2022.

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